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Sports: Women’s b-ball winning streak continues, Big East update

Keena Mays via SMU Athletics

Seven-win streak: SMU women’s basketball finished with a win at Thursday’s home game, scoring 6 points in the last 1:11 of the game. Securing a win on Thursday versus Houston has put the Mustangs in the lead in Conference USA with a 6-0 record and 15-4 overall for this season. Last week, junior Keena Mays was named Conference USA Player of the Week for the second time this season. College Sports Madness also named Mays its C-USA player of the week for Jan. 28, 2013. The women play UTEP this Sunday, Feb. 3, in El Paso. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. 

Back with a win: SMU men’s basketball ended their trio of away games with a win on Wednesday, Jan. 30, defeating Marshall 68-57. This is the first win against Marshall in SMU history and puts the men at 2-5 for Conference USA games and 12-10 overall this season. The Mustangs return home this Saturday, Feb. 2, to take on Houston at 2 p.m. Tickets are still available.

Swimming in ATX: SMU men’s and women’s swimming and diving will travel to Austin this weekend for a two-day meet. The Mustangs are competing against the University of Texas and the University of Arizona on Feb. 1-2. The men were defeated in their last meet against Texas A&M, and the women are coming off a home meet win against TCU. Eddie Sinnott, SMU men’s swim coach, was selected to receive SMU’s Outstanding Leadership Award last week, given to an employee who “demonstrates exceptional leadership ability within his or her unit or across the University.” Sinnott will be recognized at the University’s 2013 Staff Association Assembly and Recognition Ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Big East: The teams SMU will face during their first year in the BIG EAST Conference were finalized last month. In case you missed them, the Mustangs will take on the University of Central Florida, University of Connecticut, Rutgers University, Temple University, University of Cincinnati, University of Houston, University of Memphis and University of South Florida. Pony up! (Logos via Big East, Edited by SMU Public Affairs)

Sports: Swimming & Diving at USA Nationals, basketball updates

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USA Nationals: Men and women’s swimming and diving will travel to Austin for the 2012 USA Nationals, Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The Mustangs enter the weekend after placing third at the Phil Hansel Invitational Nov. 15-17. The women placed third out of fifteen schools and the men were third out of six schools. In addition, the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay team qualified for the NCAA Championship this spring with their time of 3:16.51 at the Phil Hansel Invitational. USA Nationals begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29.

Basketball Lineup:

  •  SMU women’s basketball will play at home, Saturday, Dec. 1. The Mustangs are up against Texas-Pan American, whom they have played just once before in 1987. The women were just barely defeated in their game Wednesday night versus TCU with a score of 76-70 putting them at 5-2 for the season. The game Saturday tips off at 2 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.
  • SMU men’s basketball will travel to New York to play Hofstra on Saturday, Dec. 1.  This game marks the first of five away games for the men who won their home game against Utah on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The Mustangs stand 7-1 for the season with junior Nick Russell receiving honors for the Hoops for Hope Classic All-Tournament Team earlier this month. The game Saturday starts at 3 p.m.

SMU Athletics games will resume on December 15, 2012 

 

Sports: Soccer to semi-finals, Cross Country to NCAA regionals

C-USA Championship: SMU men’s soccer will travel to Hoover, Alabama this weekend for Conference USA 2012 championship play.  On Friday, Nov. 9, the Mustangs will take on Kentucky in the semi-final game. SMU is 7-4 all-time in games against Kentucky, and if they win they will play in the C-USA championship game this Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

The Mustangs closed out the season with various honors. Head coach Tim McClements was named coach of the year, junior, Jamie Ibarra was named player of the year and defensive player of the year, senior T.J. Nelson and sophomores Tyler Engel, Damian Rosales and Aaron Simmons were named to the All-Conference USA second team. IN addition, Michael King and John Lujano were named to the C-USA all-freshman team. Friday’s game starts at 5 p.m. and Sunday’s starts at 1 p.m. (Pictured left, Jamie Ibarra.)

End of season: SMU volleyball will have their final weekend of 2012 Conference USA matches in a back-to-back home stand Nov. 9-11. On Friday, the Mustangs face Houston at 7 p.m.; on Sunday, they will play Rice at 1 p.m. Sunday’s game is Senior Day, and there will be a ceremony before the game to honor the squad’s three seniors: Olivia Bailey, Susan Lewis and Courtney Manning. The last time SMU was matched against Houston and Rice they were defeated, but they are looking for comebacks this weekend to finish the conference season strong.

NCAA meets: SMU cross country will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas Friday, Nov. 9 for the 2012 NCAA South Central Regional Championships. The Mustangs won their fourth Conference USA title this season; Cathy Casey received coach of the year honors, and first-year Ashlee Powers and senior Mary Alenbratt received first-team All C-USA honors. In addition, freshmen Karoline Skatteboe and Shenoah Souze and junior Caitlin Keen received second team All-C-USA honors. SMU has eight runners going to regionals Friday, five of whom are first-years, and they enter the weekend ranked No. 3 in the region. If they finish first or second, they are guaranteed a spot at nationals on Nov. 17. (Pictured right, Mary Alenbratt.)

Golden Eagles: SMU football will take on Southern Miss at home this Saturday, Nov. 10. This is the Mustangs second to last home game (and last Boulevard) of the season. Southern Miss, the reigning C-USA champion, is 0-5 in C-USA this year while SMU is 3-2 in conference play. The Mustangs enter the game after being defeated by UCF last Saturday, and they are looking for their fourth straight bowl berth. The game starts at 6 p.m., and FOX Sports will broadcast it live.

The week ahead: SMU men and women’s swimming and diving travel to Houston for the 2012 Cougar Invitational, Nov. 15-17.

(Photos courtesy of SMU Athletics)

SMU announces 2011 inductees to Athletics Hall of Fame

Craig James
Craig James
Lisa Cole Zimmerman
Lisa Cole Zimmerman
Red Barr
Red Barr
Luchi Gonzales
Luchi Gonzalez
Gene Phillips
Gene Phillips
Tommy Bowers
Tommy Bowers

The SMU Athletic Department, in conjunction with the SMU Lettermen’s Association, has announced the newest class of its Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2011 inductees – Craig James, Gene Phillips, Lisa Cole Zimmerman, Luchi Gonzalez, Tommy Bowers Sr. and A.R. Barr – will be honored at a dinner and induction ceremony on Friday, May 6, at the Hilton Anatole.

A brief listing of the class and their accomplishments:

Craig James (1982) – SMU’s third all-time leading rusher (3,743 yards) led the Mustangs to the Southwest Conference (SWC) Championships during the 1981 and 1982 seasons. The three-time All-SWC selection teamed with Eric Dickerson to form the “Pony Express” backfield forming one of the best running back tandems in NCAA football history. The NFL Pro-Bowler was drafted by the New England Patriots and played in the 1985 Super Bowl with the team.

Gene Phillips (1971) – Ranks second in program history with 1,932 career points. Phillips averaged 26.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during his three-season career on the Hilltop. The three-time SWC Player of the Year was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1971 NBA Draft and played two seasons with the ABA’s Dallas Chaparrals.

Lisa Cole Zimmerman (1990) – The 1990 All-American led the team in goals for four straight seasons (1987-90). Cole-Zimmerman scored 34 goals and 24 assists, both single-season highs, during her freshman season. Cole-Zimmerman is SMU’s all-time leading career scorer with 101 goals and 44 assists.

Luchi Gonzalez (2001) – The 2001 winner of the Hermann Trophy, which is presented to the nation’s top men’s soccer player, Gonzalez ranks third in program history with 128 career points. The NCSAA First-Team All-American helped lead the Mustangs to regular season conference championships in each of his years at SMU. Gonzalez ranks fourth all-time in career totals of goals (48) and assists (32).

Tommy Bowers Sr. (1955) – The only baseball player in program history to be named as an All-American, Bowers helped lead SMU to its only share of a league title by tying with Texas for the SWC title in 1953. The three-time all-conference selection played professionally with the Dallas Eagles and was honored as the Texas League Pitcher of the Year in 1957.

Alfred R. “Red” Barr (1971) – As the head coach for SMU swimming from 1947 to 1971, Barr coached his teams to 17 SWC Championships. Barr, who coached fifty All-American swimmers and divers, had SMU’s pool named in his honor. The 1971 Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy recipient coached two Olympians during his career.

The dinner and induction ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Tickets are available for $200; tables of 10 are available for $1,500. Buy tickets online or call 214-768-4314.

Sports: Swimming and diving teams win C-USA championships

SMU swimming poolThe men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each won their 5th consecutive Conference USA title at the University of Houston Feb. 27, 2010. For both teams it marked a 14th straight conference title, includling 9 Western Athletic Conference titles before joining C-USA in 2005.

The men totaled 871 points to beat second-place Hawaii by 38 points (833). The women scored 707 points to dominate second-place East Carolina by 96 (611). The Mustangs also made a clean sweep of the relays, winning all six on both the men’s and women’s sides. The teams compete next at the 2010 USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix March 4-6. Read more.

SMU basketball player Alice SeverinSenior post Alice Severin (right) has been named to the 2010 Conference USA All-Academic Team in women’s basketball, announced by the conference March 4. She holds a 3.71 G.P.A. in psychology and biology, the third-highest average of all players nominated. Severin is third in the conference, shooting 52.5-percent from the field, and ranks 4th in the league with 35 blocks. She is averaging 6.3 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per contest this season. The team plays in the second round of the 2010 GMC Sierra C-USA Championship March 9 in Tulsa. Read more.

The SMU Athletic Department, in conjunction with the SMU Lettermen’s Association, has announced the newest class of its Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2010 inductees are:

  • Kajsa Bergqvist (’99), world champion, indoor world record holder, and 2000 Olympic bronze medalist in the high jump.
  • Raymond Berry (’55), Pro Football Hall of Fame player who coached the New England Patriots to an AFC Championship and Super Bowl XX.
  • Michael Carter (’84), national high-school record holder in the 12-pound shot put and the only athlete in history to win an Olympic podium and a Super Bowl ring in the same year (1984), as silver medalist in the shot put and nose tackle for the NFL champion San Francisco 49ers.
  • Jerry Heidenreich (’72) a 23-time All-America swimmer and winner of two gold medals, one silver and one bronze at the 1972 Olympics.
  • Jon Koncak (’85), a 12-year NBA veteran who led the Mustang basketball team to two NCAA Tournaments and was a member of the gold medal-winning 1984 U.S. Olympic team.

The five will be honored at a dinner ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. May 7 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Buy tickets online or call 214-768-4575. Read more.

Sports: CollegeFootballNews.com honors Mustangs, Jones

SMU offensive lineman J.T. BrooksMustang football has made plenty of news since SMU’s 45-10 Christmas Eve win over Nevada in the 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. The latest comes from CollegeFootballNews.com, which named Head Coach June Jones its Coach of the Bowl Season and sophomore offensive lineman J.T. Brooks (left) to its All-Bowl Team. The site also ranked first-year quarterback Kyle Padron‘s 460-yard, two-touchdown performance the 8th best among all players in the postseason. The full list of CFN’s honors is available on the CollegeFootballNews.com website. Read more from SMU Athletics.

In addition, the Mustangs received a vote in the final USA Today Coaches Poll. The team entered the bowl season as the biggest underdog in any bowl game yet finished with the largest margin of victory in all bowl games played. Read more.

SMU wide receiver Emmanuel SandersMeanwhile, senior wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (right) has accepted an invitation to play in the 85th East-West Shrine Game at 2 p.m. CST Jan. 23 in Orlando, Florida. Sanders, who will play for the West Team, joins a list that includes John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre and 62 NFL Hall of Famers who have played in the contest, which is America’s longest-running college all-star football game. Read more.

The No. 18 SMU women’s swimming and diving team welcomes Rice and Houston Jan. 22-24 in a pair of dual meets at Perkins Natatorium. The weekend will give fans the chance to see the Mustangs compete against two of the top-tier schools in Conference USA this season. Read more.

SMU guard Jillian SamuelsBoth SMU swim teams received national recognition Jan. 21 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The women’s team moved up to No. 18 in the latest poll, while men’s swimming and diving earned a rank of No. 23 – the biggest jump of any school in the poll, as the Mustang men were the only new team to enter the top 25. Read more.

Senior guard Jillian Samuels (left) tied her career-high game record with 20 points and became the 17th player in SMU history to score 1,000 points in a career while leading the women’s basketball team to a 70-59 home win over Tulane Jan. 17. She went 6-for-9 from the field, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range, and made 6 of 7 free-throw attempts during the SMU victory. The team hosts East Carolina at 5 p.m. Jan. 23 in Moody Coliseum. Read more.

SMU inducts class of 2009 into its Athletics Hall of Fame

SMU's Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2009The Department of Athletics, in conjunction with the SMU Lettermen’s Association, inducted 4 new former Mustangs into its Athletics Hall of Fame during formal ceremonies May 1 – football player Eric Dickerson, basketball player Jim Krebs, swimmer Steve Lundquist and golfer Kyle O’Brien Stevens.

“As a department, we want to continue to recognize the contributions and successes of our former student-athletes,” said SMU’s Director of Athletics Steve Orsini. “Last year we reconstituted our Athletic Hall of Fame, and this year we honor another outstanding group for their accomplishments.”

The inductees and their achievements:

Eric Dickerson (’83) – former All-American Mustang football player, member of the famed Pony Express; led SMU to back-to-back Southwest Conference titles; member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Jim Krebs (’57) – former All-American SMU basketball player; led the Mustangs to three SWC titles and the 1956 Final Four; former NBA player for the Los Angeles Lakers; member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. He died in an accident in 1965.

Steve Lundquist (’83) – former All-American SMU swimmer; two-time Olympic gold medalist; member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame; 1982 United States Swimmer of the Year.

Kyle O’Brien Stevens (’80) – former All-American SMU women’s golf player, claimed medalist honors and led SMU to the team title at the 1979 AIAW National Championships; 2003 inductee into the National Golf Coaches Association Player Hall of Fame.

(Above, left to right: Jane Krebs, widow of Jim Krebs, Eric Dickerson, Kyle O’Brien Stevens and Steve Lundquist.)

Hot Links: Three Mustang teams earn C-USA titles

SMU Women's Basketball Coach Rhonda Rompola cuts the net

The women’s basketball team defeated UTEP 78-65 to win its first Conference USA championship Feb 28, 2009. Four players scored in the double digits: junior guards Brittany Gilliam and Jillian Samuels (with a game-high 24 points and 19 points, respectively); sophomore guard LaShandra Hill with 11 points; and first-year center Christine Elliott, who posted her 2nd consecutive double-double with 15 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.

Gilliam, with 71 steals for the season, was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year, as well as to the All-Conference Second Team and All-Defensive Team. Junior forward Delisha Wills joined Gilliam on the All-Conference Second Team, and Elliott was named to the All-Freshman Team, as well as Rookie of the Week for the week of March 2. Elliott had 21 rebounds against Tulane on Feb. 26, setting a new SMU record for a freshman and tying the school record for rebounds by any player set by Felicia Bluitt in 1986 against TCU. Elliott also tied for the second-highest total in any Conference USA game.

The team begins play in the 2009 C-USA tournament at noon March 6 in New Orleans. The Mustangs enter as the No. 1 seed. (Above, Head Coach Rhonda Rompola cuts the last string of the net after the UTEP game.) Read more.

SMU diver Matthew CulbertsonMeanwhile, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have each won their 13th consecutive conference championships. In the men’s competition, the Mustangs won 15 events and set 9 meet records on their way to the overall victory in the CRWC Natatorium at the University of Houston Feb. 25-28, 2009. Individual titleists included junior Thomas Fadnes (50 free, 100 free); junior Pontus Renholm (100 back, 200 back); junior Edward Downes (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 fly); and sophomore Matthew Culbertson (top left), who swept the one-meter springboard, three-meter springboard and platform diving events.

In addition, 5 relay teams finished first. Renholm, Fadnes and seniors Grega Plevelj and Luka Vrtovec won the 200 medley relay. Downes, first-year swimmers Robin Andreasson and Walter Rumans and junior Maverick Smalley won the 800 free relay. Renholm, Plevelj, Downes and Fadnes titled in the 400 medley relay. Fadnes, Vrtovec, Andreasson and Renholm swam to a new C-USA meet record, season-best, and NCAA “B” provisional-qualifying time of 1:18.35 in the 200 free relay. Finally, Andreasson, Vrtovec, Rumans and Fadnes won the 400 free relay. Read more.

SMU swimmer Petra KlosovaIn the women’s meet – also in Houston’s CRWC Natatorium Feb. 25-28, 2009 – the Mustangs swept the medal stand in two events. Seniors Petra Klosova (right) and Candace Blackman, with sophomore Sascha Van den Branden, finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 100 free. Senior Jennifer Basel and juniors Devon Callaghan and Justine Clark took gold, silver and bronze in the 200 IM. Klosova also finished first in the 100 back with a season-best time of 53.82. Other individual titleists included Callaghan (100 breast), Van den Branden (50 free), first-year swimmer Raminta Dvariskyte (200 breast), first-year swimmer Therese Svendsen (200 back), and sophomore Elzanne Werth (100 fly).

The women’s team also titled in 5 relays. Svendsen, Klosova, Werth and Callaghan won the 200 medley relay. Blackman, Van den Branden, Klosova and freshman Christy-Leigh Lategan won the 800 free relay in 7:07 – 11 seconds ahead of second-place Rice. Svendsen, Callaghan, Werth and Klosova touched in at 3:34.62 in the 400 medley relay, a full 4 seconds faster than the record they set last season. Blackman, Van den Branden, Werth and Klosova titled in the 200 free relay. Finally, Blackman, Van den Branden, Werth and Klosova set another meet record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:17.00 in the 400 free relay. Read more.

SMU golfer Marc SambolThe men’s golf team won the 2009 Northwood Spring Invite March 3 at Thorntree Country Club, carding a team total of 603 to defeat host Northwood by 13 strokes. Leading the Mustangs was first-year player Marc Sambol (bottom left) with a two-stroke victory over Benjamin Belfield of Northwood. All five SMU golfers finished in the top 8 of the 2-day event, with freshman Aaron Stewart and senior Frank Wrenn tying for 3rd, first-year Matt Schovee tying for 6th and sophomore Nicholas Soglanich taking 8th. Read more.

Hot Links: Don Meredith honored in halftime ceremony

Don Meredith in SMU's Heritage HallSMU honored Mustang football legend Don Meredith (right) during halftime of the SMU-Houston football game Oct. 18, 2008. Meredith, who rose to professional stardom during his 9 years with the Dallas Cowboys, was selected for the honor by the SMU Hall of Fame Committee, which is comprised primarily of Lettermen’s Club members. Read more from SMU News.

Meanwhile, the 2008 football team has quietly risen to No. 11 in the nation in passing offense with 293.1 yards per game. Read more.

The cross country team combined for 3rd place at the 6K Chile Pepper Festival Oct. 18 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Sophomore Silje Fjortoft earned her second consecutive Conference USA Athlete of the Week award for her individual 4th-place finish. Read more.

The women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams have been ranked among the Top 25 in the United States by CollegeSwimming.com, at No. 12 and No. 19 respectively. The women’s team hosts Arizona State Oct. 23 in Perkins Natatorium. Read more.

Hot Links: SMU to honor Don Meredith

The women’s swimming and diving team dominated the 2008 North Texas Mean Green Relays in Keller Oct. 3, taking first place in 8 of 10 events. Read more.

In other news, men’s swimming and diving team member Colton Ingraham won his second title in the 2008 Alcatraz Invitational Swim, an annual 1.5-mile race from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco. Read more.

SMU cross country beat six Top 25 teams for 6th place in the 2008 Notre Dame Invitational Oct. 3. Sophomore Silje Fjortoft was the fastest finisher among all underclassmen in the race. The team’s performance has boosted it to a No. 21 ranking in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association women’s Division I poll. Read more.

Don Meredith at SMUThe men’s basketball team will have four games nationally televised by CBS College Sports Network in 2008-09, as announced by the network Oct. 9. The games will include both matchups with 2008 NCAA finalist Memphis, at Rice Jan. 14, and against East Carolina Jan. 24. Former basketball coach and analyst Fran Fraschilla will be the keynote speaker at the team’s 2008 Basketball Tip-Off Dinner Oct. 14. Read more.

SMU will honor legendary former quarterback Don Meredith during the SMU-Houston game Oct. 18. “Dandy Don,” who played for SMU during the 1957-59 seasons, is the 6th Mustang football great to be honored by the SMU Hall of Fame Committee. Meredith played for nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and was inducted into the Cowboys’ “Ring of Honor” in 1976. Read more.

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